Big Fight in Little Chinatown

by Karen Cho
Coast to coast, the film follows Chinatown communities resisting the pressures around them.
2022  ·  1h28m  ·  Canada
Chinese, English, French
English, French subs
About the Film

BIG FIGHT IN LITTLE CHINATOWN is a story of community resistance and resilience. Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and an unprecedented rise in anti-Asian racism, the documentary takes us into the lives of residents, businesses and community organizers whose neighborhoods are facing active erasure.

​​Coast to Coast the film follows Chinatown communities resisting the pressures around them. From the construction of the world’s largest vertical jail in New York, Montreal’s fight against developers swallowing up the most historic block of their Chinatown, big box chains and gentrification forces displacing Toronto’s community, to a Vancouver Chinatown business holding steadfast, the film reveals how Chinatown is both a stand-in for other communities who’ve been wiped off the city map, and the blueprint for inclusive and resilient neighbourhoods of the future.

Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
RIDM, People's Choice Award
In the Press
Rachel HoPOV Magazine
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Ryan Mullins
Bob Moore
Nathaniel Brown, Joshua Frank
About the Director

Karen Cho

Karen Cho is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker most known for her compelling and socially-engaged documentaries. Interested in using documentary as a tool for social change, Karen’s films explore untold histories and themes of immigration, activism and social justice.

Karen has directed the award winning In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (2004) a documentary about the legacy of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act and the Gemini-Nominated Seeking Refuge (Terre d’asile) (2009) a film that tells the story of five asylum seekers in Canada. Her most recent film, Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada (2012) won the Whistler Film Festival’s World Documentary Award and was launched in over 67 community screenings across the country.

Karen is currently in postproduction on an experimental docu-fiction about family secrets and cooking up her next batch of cultural subversion.

Other films by Karen Cho